BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The Roadrunner men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams swept one of the NCAA Division II’s top teams in Cal Baptist on Saturday at the Hillman Aquatic Center. CSU Bakersfield’s men topped the Lancers 156-138 while the ‘Runner women cruised to a 176.5-123.5 victory.
“For the men, Justice Kramer had his best dual meet to date,” said Chris Hansen, Director of Swimming at CSUB. “He has become the person to count on. His three wins scored us big points. For the women, Paola Hernandez, Dylana Milobar, and Carlee Burks continue to dominate their events, but it’s nice to see some freshmen winning events. This was a great meet for everyone. We swam and dove great.”
Kramer, a sophomore from Federal Way, Wash., earned a victory in the 100 fly with a time of 51.32, just missing his personal best by five one-hundredths of a second despite being in the midst of dual season. He went on to dominate the 200 fly (1:52.87), winning the event by 2.5 seconds. Kramer also led the ‘Runners to a victory in the 200 medley relay, leading off with a 50 fly split of 23.88.
The ‘Runner men went 1-2-3 in the 100 back with junior Mario Vasquez (53.27) leading the trio. Sophomore Jaren Hopkins (53.35) and senior Bryce Timonera (53.49) were close behind Vasquez on Saturday. CSUB also took the top four places in the 50 free with freshman Richie Campbell earning the victory at 21.34.
Junior Lovre Soric finished second in the 50 free behind Campbell and went on to win the 200 back with a time of 1:52.93. The Croatian also lowered his season-best 200 IM time to 1:55.63 to finish second.
Senior Tyler Greenwald swept the men’s diving events in the north end of the pool. Greenwald’s 1-meter score of 272.25 was more almost 25 points better than the next closest competitor. The native of Henderson, Nev. also took the 3-meter event with a solid mark of 286.80.
The ‘Runner women got out to a fast start against CBU with a 200 medley relay win (1:47.02) and never looked back. Hernandez and Milobar paced that quartet with Maddie Cosgrove and Morgan King swimming quick legs as well. Hernandez went on to win the 200 free (1:52.99), 200 back (2:05.67), and 200 IM (2:09.22) in Bakersfield.
Milobar, a senior from Kamloops, B.C., won the 100 breast (1:05.62), while Burks swept the diving events. The native of Bakersfield broke 300 points for the first time this season with a mark of 303.90 on the 3-meter board. Burks’ next closest competitor in that event was more than 60 points behind the senior on Saturday.
Cosgrove, who hails from San Diego, Calif., earned her first collegiate victory on Saturday in the 200 fly. The freshman swam a season-best time of 2:07.66 to win the event by more than two seconds. King, a native of Greeley, Colo., took first in the 50 free (24.49) and the 100 free (53.01) with a pair of season-best times.
Sophomore Lexi Cannon won the 100 fly, lowering her personal best in the event by a second and a half to 58.02. Cannon’s win prevented King from completing a triple as the former edged her teammate out by just 0.01 seconds.
Full results from Saturday's dual can be found here. The Roadrunners will return to action next weekend, Nov. 5, in a meet hosted by Idaho. CSUB’s women will have a WAC tri-meet against Idaho and Seattle U while the ‘Runner men will compete in a dual against Seattle.